Guys - got the pails yesterday. They are bathed in SO2 and still warming. Going to make a "Cab" and a "Zin". Here is the plan:
Cab - Two pails cab, one pail Merlot, one pail Mouvedre (rolling the dice that this combination turns out well. Mouvedre adds aromatics, gets me to the right brix, and moves me closer on acid levels.
Tested Numbers - Brix 24.8, PH 3.77, TA (estimate) .55
Running this one with Lallzyme EX, then adding tannins and oak, BDX yeast and fermaid K half at cap and half at 1/3 sugar depletion
Two pails Lodi Zin and 1/2 pail Mourvedre going to blend with Syrah/Mourvedre after ferment and tasting using Lallzyme EX-V on these - pulled 3/4 gallon juice for a rose and to bump up the flavors in the zin
Zin pails numbers - Brix 25.4, PH 3.51, TA (estimate) .5
planning to ferment on AMH to bring out the spice - but not sure I can get it dry (morewinemaking says AMH only good to %15 Rockpile to %16)
Syrah/Mourvedre numbers - Brix 23.5, PH 3.5, TA (estimate) 5.6
Planning to ferment on Rockpile
I have two Vadai Hungarian Oak 50L barrels that each of these will go into after MLF.
So looking for your thoughts. I do not want to water down the Zin, so what should I do to get it dry? Blend with the Rockpile batch when it gets close to completion? Also should I add acid to the Zin batch to get the TA up or wait and test later?